#1
I haven't had an amp for a while so I've been using Guitar Rig 5 on my PC using an M-Audio Fast Track. Unfortunately, it blew up in an explosion of white noise and tinnitus last night and it hasn't worked since.

So I need to find a new one. Preferably not made by M-Audio, I haven't been happy with the performance of the Fast Track, and preferably cheap. £50-£70 range.

Thanks in advance.
#3
I got a steinberg ur22 for 130€ (~110£, very easy to configure (no effort at all), very good converters, 192kHz range, solid alluminium chassis. I use it mainly with GuitarRig5&AuditionCS5, very low latency, GuitarRig is a great fun to play with ! Strongly recommend to spend just a little more, it is a one time expense and it wont blow up (i hope :S)!
#4
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Edit: It skips my budget anyway.
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I got a steinberg ur22 for 130€ (~110£, very easy to configure (no effort at all), very good converters, 192kHz range, solid alluminium chassis. I use it mainly with GuitarRig5&AuditionCS5, very low latency, GuitarRig is a great fun to play with ! Strongly recommend to spend just a little more, it is a one time expense and it wont blow up (i hope :S)!

Sadly I really can't put too much money towards it. I've got a new bass guitar incoming plus rent and deposit on a new flat. I really need the holy grail of cheap and reliable.
Last edited by Spaz91 at Aug 29, 2013,
#5
You can't really get anything good with just £70.

The best for what you need is I'd say the Mackie Onyx Blackjack, or maybe the Scarlett 2i4, or even more maybe the already suggested Steinbergur22.
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#6
I quite like my Alesis Io2. It does everything I want it to for about £80. Granted, there are higher quality interfaces, but as far as I've found, it was a good investment as a beginner.
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#7
Maybe I'll have to stretch to £80 (£70 was already adamant budget) then, I can go hungry for a week.

Would something like this work?
Last edited by Spaz91 at Aug 29, 2013,
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Maybe I'll have to stretch to £80 (£70 was already adamant budget) then, I can go hungry for a week.

Would something like this work?


I read the reviews on musicians friend, and that mixer seems to be noisy.
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I quite like my Alesis Io2. It does everything I want it to for about £80. Granted, there are higher quality interfaces, but as far as I've found, it was a good investment as a beginner.


is it noise-free?
#10
If you're just going DI then grab one of the unbranded guitar links off eBay. They cost ~$10 and aren't half bad to be honest (as long as you get the unbranded ones, not the $60 Behringer branded one which is the EXACT SAME).
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is it noise-free?

I've not had a single problem with it. It gets a tiny bit noisy when I push the gain up to basically maximum on the mic, but I've learned to put the volume up on my amp first, before the interface.

That said, if you're running your guitar straight into it, I'm not rightly sure how that'd go - I imagine it'd be fine, so long as you're not just rolling it straight up to 11. Plus you could gate it easily enough.

A friend of mine bought one after I did and always runs his guitar straight into it and has never complained, though he's only just starting to learn about all this kinda stuff. Again, I'd vouch for my Io2
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#12
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I read the reviews on musicians friend, and that mixer seems to be noisy.

But would it function in the same way as the other i/o usb stuff? Everything I have has single coils, it's going to be damn noisy near my PC anyway.
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If you're just going DI then grab one of the unbranded guitar links off eBay. They cost ~$10 and aren't half bad to be honest (as long as you get the unbranded ones, not the $60 Behringer branded one which is the EXACT SAME).

How would the latency be on those? I used my Fast Track with Reaper too and it was the only way I could play midi keys in real time.
#13
I had a low end M-Audio USB interface that sounded ok but stopped working after about six months. Then I got a Presonus Audiobox USB which works great and sounds a little better, I can recommend it. I used it on all the recordings on my youtube channel.
#14
Chris, don't you have clipping issues with the Presonus? I just bought a Roland interface after researching on the low end Presonus and Focusrite ones. I found many reports saying that those are not suitable for guitars due to clipping, howver low output guitars don't have the issue. Also it seems the pad function on the on the focusrite changes the input impendance for one not appropriate for guitars.
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Edit: It skips my budget anyway.

That's because there's really nothing in your budget worth buying.

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Chris, don't you have clipping issues with the Presonus? I just bought a Roland interface after researching on the low end Presonus and Focusrite ones. I found many reports saying that those are not suitable for guitars due to clipping, howver low output guitars don't have the issue. Also it seems the pad function on the on the focusrite changes the input impendance for one not appropriate for guitars.


The pad works fine...
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If you're just going DI then grab one of the unbranded guitar links off eBay. They cost ~$10 and aren't half bad to be honest (as long as you get the unbranded ones, not the $60 Behringer branded one which is the EXACT SAME).

Agreed. They're about £8 on ebay and do a good job of getting a clean DI tone.